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Jennifer Davick Photo by: Jennifer Davick

Cat-head Biscuits with Tomato Gravy

Cat-head biscuits are delightfully huge, crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside homemade biscuits. Their size and crunch make them ideal to serve with a thick, hearty gravy. The name comes from their colossal size, about that of a cat’s head. They bake longer and at a lower temperature than their smaller cousins. If you don’t have bacon drippings on hand, cook a pound of bacon before you start this recipe, reserve the drippings, and serve the bacon with the biscuits and gravy.

Southern Living OCTOBER 2012

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings
  • Hands-on: 15 Minutes
  • Bake: 55 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons warm bacon drippings
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 1/2 cups self-rising soft-wheat flour (such as White Lily)
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • Parchment paper
  • Tomato Gravy

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together bacon drippings and butter.

2. Place flour in a large bowl. Stir in drippings mixture and buttermilk,  stirring just until a dough forms.

3. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface. Knead twice. Divide dough  into 8 equal portions. Pat each portion into a 31⁄2-inch round biscuit (about 3⁄4 inch thick). Arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

4. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until tops are very lightly browned. Meanwhile, prepare Tomato Gravy. Serve biscuits immediately with Tomato Gravy.

Note:

The total time includes the gravy.

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